Movie Review - The Lion King (2019)
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejofor, Seth Rogen and James Earl Jones.
I’m glad I attained free tickets to this film because this remake of the absolutely wonderful 1994 masterpiece is pretty much the same as the original yet worse. I know there’s already opinions like, “It’s made for the current generation, for those that didn’t grow up with it” but my response is, “What’s the point?” Why remake one of the best animated films of all time when the original is significantly better suited for the audience of this film (kids)? Surely kids would rather watch animation as opposed to realistic CGI creatures. They don’t care how real they look, they just want to be entertained with great characters, comedy and a story they can learn from. I’ve got nothing against the people who made this film. Jon Favreau clearly has a lot of passion for this story but unfortunately the remake just suffers due to its lifeless atmosphere.
I love The Lion King’s story however there is barley anything added to it in the remake. I don’t expect them to change it completely but maybe expand on something or add some more story to characters that needed it. They did try to add more story for the Hyenas which was a surprise. At the same time, the writers took out some crucial elements with Rafiki which baffled me. In the original, Rafiki is one of my favourite characters and it’s like the writers don’t understand the importance of the character for Simba’s development. The core story of The Lion King is present but it felt less impactful due to the most divisive element of the film - the CGI.
Don’t get me wrong, the technological achievement in creating this realistic looking movie is phenomenal. The amount of detail in every animal to make it look like its real life counterpart is amazing but that is where the problem of the film lies. The filmmakers are trying to bring to life the story, characters and fantastical elements of an animated film and create a photorealistic representation of the film at the same time. When you compare the animated version vs the CGI version of Simba, you can clearly see the problem.